Kennedy is riding a four-fight win streak into the matchup with three of the wins coming inside the Octagon. Romero posts his own four-fight win streak with all four coming under the UFC umbrella.
The middleweight division is in flux, and that will open the door for new challengers to the title. Champion Chris Weidman will be seeking new opponents in the near future, and this middleweight clash will put the winner in the cross hairs.
The former Strikeforce middleweights are on the brink of breaking through to the upper echelon. UFC 178 will see one of them complete that mission.
Let's break down this important middleweight bout.